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4 Tips for Home Standby Generator Maintenance

A standby generator is integral to your home, as it keeps essential appliances and gadgets running. However, generators are, technically, a piece of machinery and require maintenance from time to time. Having a regular maintenance routine and knowing what signs to look for can help keep your standby generator in top condition for extended periods. 

Here are some tips to keep your standby generator in good working condition. 

Check the owner’s manual

The manufacturers who create a machine know what’s best for it and share it with you in the owner’s manual. Read the owner’s manual, as it would have clear instructions on what’s good and bad for your standby generator. It will also have instructions on managing the various parts and the oils you need to use in the generator. 

Monitor the weekly self cycle

Make it a routine to run the weekly test cycle of your generator for 20 minutes every week. You can also automate it to take place once a week. Your generator is good to go if no alarms or alerts occur during these tests. 

Have a monthly inspection routine

Even if you have a weekly self-cycle, it isn’t enough to ensure your generator remains in good condition over an extended period. You should also run a monthly inspection to look for damages, inconsistencies, and leaks. Here’s what you should look for:

  • Check around the generator for debris, pest, and rodent infestation. If you notice any damage by pests, call technicians immediately to assess the situation accurately.
  • Inspect the oil levels and ensure they are at the appropriate levels. Always do this once your generator is no longer running and has cooled off. 
  • Check whether there is enough coolant in your generator. 
  • Ensure the appropriate diesel level if you have a diesel generator
  • Inspect the battery for any signs of corrosion or leaks. Call professionals if you notice any fluids or oils leaking from your generator. 
  • Inspect the wires and switches for damage. 
  • Clean the area and the generator using a soft microfiber cloth, as dust accumulation can lead to problems. 

Schedule annual preventive maintenance with a professional

Regular inspections can help you pick up any apparent problems in your standby generator. But internal issues or menial damages can sometimes become big if they go unnoticed. Scheduling an annual inspection from professionals like Nebraska Generators can help you overcome these problems. An annual maintenance plan can cover various factors, such as:

  • Changing the oil and coolants
  • Replacing the spark plugs
  • Inspecting the battery wires and other parts for damage
  • Fuel testing
  • Flushing the cooling system, and 
  • Other maintenance activities that you may not be able to do yourself. 

They can also replace or repair any damaged parts of your standby generator to help it function to its optimum capacity. 

About Nebraska Generator Service LLC

If you are looking for a generator rental in Omaha, Gibbon, or the Nebraska region, Nebraska Generator Service LLC is your one-stop solution. Our services include remote monitoring and emergency service calls, generator preventative maintenance, and repairs. You can schedule a free assessment today by filling out our online contact form. Contact us at (402)800-0748 to know more.

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